Slip Resistant Floor Coatings – Industry

Date posted: March 30, 2015

Non-Sip-CoatingsIn this update we thought to provide some further user friendly information on the seemingly inexhaustible subject of Slip Resistant Floor Surfaces especially in industry areas.
The important reference point in this regard is the Australian Standard Handbook 198:2014 – Guide to the Specification and Testing of Slip Resistance of Pedestrian Surfaces. Before looking at some industrial applications we should understand that slip resistance is influenced by the following factors:

1. The inherent abrasion or ‘slipperiness’ of the floor surfaces,
2. The nature of the likely pedestrian and vehicular activity,
3. The type of footwear and wheel treads,
4. The angle or slope of the floors, and
5. The likelihood and nature of contamination.

For instance, a floor which might be safe under dry conditions could be hazardous if wet or oily. Of the four test methods described in the handbook for evaluating slip resistance of flooring systems, the laboratory based Oil Wet Ramp Test is recognised as being the most appropriate and realistic method for industrial situations. However, the pendulum test is mostly used for onsite assessments.

In the Ramp Test, a person supported with appropriate harness and wearing standard rubber work boots, walks down a ramp coated with the test finish on to which a quantity of standard motor oil has been applied. The angle of the ramp is increased until the threshold of safe walking is reached.

The Australian Standard classifies a set of Slip Hazard Classification Groups (R9 – R13) which reflects the typical acceptance thresholds determined by the test. A higher R number indicates that a person could walk safely on the surface at a higher ramp angle.

A German regulation (ZH/1/571), quoted in AS/NZS 4586: 1999, relates the R9 – R13 Classification Groups to a wide range of industrial flooring workplace situations. We have included a handy table summary below, but readers should refer to Handbook 198:2014 for a more comprehensive list and the relevant Australian Standards.

 

 

 

Location Ramp Pendulum
Cooking oil refinery and fat melting areas
Slaughter houses and raw meat processing rooms
Processing areas for fish and delicatessen products
Vegetable tinning and production of sauerkraut
Skinning areas in tanneries and other wet areas
All ramps which could get wet
R13 V
Margarine and cooking oil production and packaging
Milk, butter and ice cream production and packaging
Sugar and cocoa production and packaging
Liquid mixture and wash up rooms in bakeries
Sausage drying and smoking rooms
Meat salting and curing rooms
Poultry processing and cold meat slicing
Vegetable processing areas
Kitchens & washing up rooms for more than 100 meals daily
Fast food kitchens and snack bars
Cold stores for unpacked goods
Serving counters for fish
Meat preparation rooms
Oil and fat storage
Wet grinding , moulding and glazing areas
Meal pickling, hardening and galvanizing areas
Vehicle inspection pits and aircraft repair hangars
All areas in waste water treatment plants
Parking areas for fire engines & equipment washing areas
R12 W-V
Dough, cheese and confectionary production
Beverage bottling and fruit juice production
Sterilising rooms
Kitchens and washing up rooms for up to 100 meals daily
Cold stores for packed frozen goods
Serving counters for unpacked meat products
Laundries with washing machines
Fodder production
R11 X-W-V
Toilets & wash rooms
Storage cellars – dry
Serving counters for meats, smallgoods and bakery products
Handcraft and woodworking rooms
Internal car parking areas and garages
R10 Y-X-W
Internal Stairs– dry
Counter sales areas
Laboratories
Canteens and assembly areas
Packaging areas – dry
R9 Z-Y-X

 

The following three grades of non-slip media can be used with our products to achieve the appropriate non-slip ratings: EAO46, EAO60, and EAO90.
The “Non Slip Coatings” Specifications on our website often require amendments to provide the appropriate anti-slip ratings and cater to the safest environment, so please contact one of our team members for an Area Specific Instruction (ASI) for your project.